Minor league baseball player Blake Bivens is mourning the death of his wife, son and mother-in-law, who were murdered earlier this week.
On Thursday night, he took to Instagram to express his heartbreak at the loss.
“Two days ago, my heart was turned to ash. My life as I knew it is destroyed,” Bivens wrote in part. “I shake and tremble at the thought of our future without them.”
Police arrested Bivens' brother-in-law, 18-year-old Matthew Thomas Bernard, on Tuesday after the slayings. His age was initially reported as 19.
Police responded to the Virginia home to find a woman dead in the driveway and a baby and another woman dead inside of the home, according to reports.
Joan Denise Jefferson Bernard, 62, Emily Bernard Bivens, 25, and 14-month-old Cullen Micah Bivens were confirmed as the victims. It’s not clear what motivated the murders, but Bernard’s uncle, Bryant Bernard, told CNN that Bernard was acting odd before the murders.
“Last week he was having bad dreams, and that he'd seen demons around his bed...” Bryant said. “He said something to his mother that something's going on and it's gotta stop today and he left."
Bivens wrote individual messages to all three of his family members as he continued on in his Instagram post.
To his wife he wrote, “Emily, my sweetheart, you are the best wife and mother this world has ever seen. You made me into the man I am today and you lived me with all of my flaws.”
And to his son he added, “My sweet little boy, dada loves you so much! I can’t breathe without you here. I finally understood what love was when you were born and I would have done anything for you. You have changed my life forever, you are my reason why. I long to hold the both of you again in heaven.”
He also said his mother-in-law was the best and loved her family “more than anyone” he’d ever seen.
Bernard is currently on suicide watch in a Virginia jail. He's been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and has not yet entered a plea.